THE TEAM

WE ARE DIETITIANS WHO CELEBRATES ALL BODY SHAPES & SIZES!

MONIQUE JEPHCOTE (She/Her)

CFIE Director + Accredited Practising Dietitian + Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor + Credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician + HAES Registered Provider

About Monique

Monique is a weight-inclusive, Health At Every Size aligned, Accredited Practising Dietitian, Sports Dietitian, Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor and Personal Trainer. She first opened the doors to our centre in November 2019 ( back when we called ourselves the Intuitive Dietitian Clinic) with a mission to help clients improve their relationship with food, and their bodies, so they can show up for what matters most in their life.

Monique completed her Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2018 from Griffith University on the Gold Coast.

Further qualifications in 2019 saw her become a Sports Dietitian (after 7+ years as a personal trainer, this was a natural pathway). From there, she studied with the OG Intuitive Eating Pro’s—Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch—completing her qualifications in becoming a Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor.

When she’s not teaching Intuitive Eating at CFIE, you’ll find her working part-time at Robina Private Hospital in the Eating Disorder Outpatient Day Program, hanging out with her golden retriever Cooper, cooking, eating, writing, playing piano, reading (Brene Brown’s books likely), at the ocean, spending time with family and friends, collecting crystals, meditating (Vipassana) or listening to Beyonce.

Monique's Journey

“I grew up with quite a positive relationship with food. My body never really shifted in terms of composition all that much. Food and eating were stress-free and enjoyable, and I didn’t associate food and what it would do to my body as a direct correlation; they were entirely separate entities and experiences to me.

When I finished school, I joined a gym for the first time and completed my certs in Personal Training. I became completely immersed by the health & fitness industry and culture–where dieting, restrictions and excessive fixation on body image was normalised.

This is when things started to change for me. I entered competitive bodybuilding and went on a diet for the FIRST time in my life. As time went on, I actually developed disordered eating tendencies from that experience. The easy, breezy care-free Monique was no longer.

Food and eating became such a disconnected experience, as did everything else in my life. I was only eating to look a certain way; to lose weight, become smaller, become leaner. I had placed my self-worth entirely on these constructs, and it got destructive really, really quickly.

During my degree, and more specifically post-university studies, I was exposed to the evidence-based frameworks such as Health at Every Size, the Non-Diet Approach, and Intuitive Eating. These learnings healed my own disordered relationship with food, movement, my body, and my self-worth.

I believe there is no greater way to learn than through experience. I am grateful for my experience up till now and am a big believer that we all have a ‘thread’– that is, something guiding us to the place we are meant to arrive at next. Without my own personal experiences entrenched in diet culture, body hate and food war, I don’t believe I would understand the people I sit with each day at the CFIE.

There is literally nothing I love more than helping people to step away from diet culture, and instead, return home to themselves through the journey of Intuitive Eating. I truly believe there is nothing else you will ever need after that!”

Qualifications & Training

  • Bachelor of Psychological Science – Southern Cross University (currently underway)
  • Dialetical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for Dietitians Treating Eating Disorders + Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO DBT) for Dietitians –
  • EDRD Pro (2022)
  • Credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician – ANZAED (2021)
  • ASDAH Membership (2021)
  • HAES Registered Provider (2021)
  • Family Based Treatment for Adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa – ANZAED (2021)
  • Understanding Professional Boundaries Training – Practice Pavestones Tara MacGregor (2022)
  • Intuitive Eating Counsellor Certification Course – The Original Intuitive Eating Pro’s (2020)
  • Inside Out – Dietitian Essentials – Treatment of Eating Disorders (2020)
  • Mental Health First Aid Training – Standard Mental Health First Aider (2020)
  • Sports Dietitians Accreditation Course – Sports Dietitians Australia (2019)
  • Vipassana 10-day silent meditation course (2019, 2018, 2017)
  • The RAVES eating model training – Shane Jeffrey (2019)
  • Motivational Interviewing Training – Practice Pavestones Tara MacGregor (2019)
  • The Non-Diet Approach introductory workshop (2019)
  • Microba Insights course – Microba (2019)
  • Eating Disorder workshop for Dietitians – DAA (2018)
  • SENSE-ational Meal Times – Gillian Griffiths (2018)
  • Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics – Griffith University (2018)
  • Human Performance Centre – Certified Personal Trainer (2015)

JONATHON HESPE (he/Him)

Accredited Practising Dietitian +
Credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician

About Jono

Jonathon (Jono) is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist, and loves supporting people with finding their strengths and empowering them to lead their happiest lives.

With a peak interest in the areas of mental and gut health, eating disorders and autoimmune conditions, Jono’s passion for helping people comes from a powerful behaviour change approach and motivational interviewing style. Working alongside you, his aim is to empower clients to actively be involved in their healthcare. His determination for supporting people to maintain a positive relationship with food is driven by fostering a safe space for healing and re-connecting with food, mind and body. Jonathon also works as part of the Eating Disorders team in the Outpatient Eating Disorder Day Program at Robina Private Hospital.

In his spare time Jono loves to mountain bike ride and surf up and down the coast. Being a hands-on learner, he also loves to express creativity through woodwork and building, picking up the tools whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Jono's Journey

With his own struggles in the past, and lived experience, Jono has always had a passion for mental health and supporting people to build their own self-worth. His focus toward improving nutrition is always one that ensures self-compassion and understanding. In a world that drives a disconnect between people and their bodies, he is quick to quash self-doubt and rather build on one’s strength.

Qualifications & Training

  • Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics – Griffith University (2019)
  • Inside Out, The Essentials – Training clinicians in Eating Disorders (2020)
  • The Non-Diet Approach Introductory Workshop (2020)
  • Dietitian Connection – Gut Health Online Symposium (2020)
  • EDRDPro – Binge Eating Disorder Treatment for Dietitians (2021)

Jonathon has experienced and can assist with the following areas:

  • Positive behaviour change
  • Gastrointestinal issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD), Coeliac Disease etc
  • Disordered eating
  • Eating Disorders (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge-Eating Disorders, Orthorexia)
  • Mental Health Nutrition (anxiety, depression, OCD, autism)
  • Intuitive Eating
  • General health concerns and/or general healthy eating advice
  • Chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease etc.

MELISSA GRAY (She/Her)

Accredited Practising Dietitian + Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor + Credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician + HAES Registered Provider

About Melissa

Melissa is a weight inclusive, Health at Every Size (HAES) aligned Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor, Credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician and HAES registered provider. She provides nutrition counselling to help folks find peace with food and experience the freedom and empowerment that comes from a gentle approach to nourishment and movement.

Melissa graduated with a Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics from the University of Newcastle in 2013. Since then, she has moved to QLD and gained a wide variety of experience across private practice, clinical and public health settings. In 2019 she made the move (with her small family) from Brisbane down to the beautiful Gold Coast and discovered her passion for Intuitive Eating. She has since completed her certification as an Intuitive Eating Counsellor and enjoys supporting others through their Intuitive Eating journey.

With a love for delicious food, Melissa spends a lot of her spare time cooking (and eating) or exploring various cafés and restaurants. She is also a mindful mum of one and strives to live intentionally, sustainably, ethically and with kindness and compassion.

Melissa's Journey

Melissa’s pivot into Intuitive Eating Counselling came after a long journey of repairing her own relationship with food and her body. Since her teens, she struggled with poor body image and disordered eating behaviours. After becoming a mum and realising how much her own behaviours impacted her daughter’s understanding of certain things in the world, she knew something needed to change.

Through a non-diet approach, intuitive eating principles, and some deeper mindset work, Melissa found acceptance for her body and freedom with food. This personal experience is what sparked her passion to help others and gives her a greater understanding of the folks she works with.

Qualifications & Training

Mel has experienced and can assist with the following areas:

  • Intuitive Eating
  • Positive behaviour change
  • Disordered eating
  • Eating Disorders (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge-Eating Disorders, Orthorexia)
  • Vegan/Vegetarian nutrition including Vegan/Vegetarian nutrition in eating disorders/disordered eating
  • General health concerns and/or general healthy eating advice
  • Chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) etc.

WHAT DRIVES US

THE CFIE MISSION

At our core, we are driven by one simple goal: to help others live life to the fullest through a radiant relationship with food, their bodies, and self. We live by our mission statement to deliver exceptional service to our clients each and every day.

"The enjoyment of knowing you have walked away better, more free, more present, more connected to food, movement & your body, and to the joyful experience of eating, from being in our caring presence."
"The enjoyment of knowing you have walked away better, more free, more present, more connected to food, movement & your body, and to the joyful experience of eating, from being in our caring presence."

HOW WE DO IT

OUR CORE VALUES

CONNECTION

When in the presence of another, there will be understanding, trust, comfortability and a feeling of belonging.

COMPASSION

We challenge ourselves everyday to cultivate an atmosphere of empathy and understanding, providing a kind and loving environment for all that is free from judgement.

GROWTH

We grow by stepping outside our comfort zone and embracing un-comfortability, because we are committed to progressing and bettering ourselves as human beings.

OUR ASPIRATIONAL VALUES

  • TRUST

    We strive to create the feeling that somebody or something has your back and is going to do the right thing by you.

  • COMMUNICATION

    We will listen and speak in an open and honest manner, in order to help support the build-up of relationships, and help to prevent the breakdown of relationships.

  • VULNERABILITY

    We will drive into the conversation, event, or experience that leaves us feeling exposed, because we know on the other side comes growth. Vulnerability is about showing up and being seen. This is tough to do when we’re terrified about what people might think of us, but we do it anyway!

  • BREAKING CYCLES

    We aspire not to do what’s been done so many times before, or what we’ve seen others do, because these ways have proven to be non-beneficial or have not worked. Instead, together we will find ways that work, and that break us out of the cycles in place now, to find a way to a better you/us!

  • INTROSPECTION

    We aspire to have the ability to look inwardly in times of personal struggle, so that growth and an understanding of ourselves can deepen.

  • OPEN-MINDEDNESS

    We will be open to ideas and beliefs that are unfamiliar to us, and will communicate curiously, respectfully and with awareness when discussing these matters with others.

  • FREEDOM

    We aspire to live everyday as our true selves, with no fear of judgement or disapproval, so we can put our best self forward and live out our true life purpose. “Today we choose life. Every morning when we wake up we can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… today we choose to feel life, not to deny our humanity but embrace it.” — Kevyn Aucoin

READY TO START YOUR JOURNEY?